Full Funded Durham University 2022 Ruth First Educational Trust Scholarships for Southern African Students

Written by David on March 1, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    The Palatine Centre Durham University Stockton Road Durham DH1 3LE  

Scholarships contribute significantly to the region’s social, educational, and economic growth. They have a wide developmental impact, both within and outside of Southern Africa, in addition to their value to individuals.

Ruth First Scholars are chosen for their active commitment to good causes as well as their academic aptitude and have played constructive leadership roles in their communities.

Many past Ruth First Scholars have gone on to assume key roles in the governmental and business sectors in southern Africa, serving as inspirational role models for young people.


About the Scholarship:

Durham, in North East England, is home to the Institution of Durham, a public research university. It was established in 1832 by an Act of Parliament and afterwards incorporated in 1837 by Royal Charter. The University of Durham is currently a member of the Russell Group of prestigious British research universities. For nearly 600 years, Durham was the first recognized university in England. Its principal tasks were split between its 16 colleges and the university’s academic departments. In addition, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize was bestowed on it in 2018. The university is well-known for its long and illustrious history, which dates back over 180 years. Durham was named Sports University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times in 2015. In 2018, the QS World University Rankings classified it as the 78th greatest university in the world. It is also one of the best public universities in Durham, United Kingdom. Apart from that, according to the QS Global World Rankings 2021, it is rated 86th.

The university’s entire estate is divided between two locations: Durham City and Queen’s Campus in Stockton. The university’s departments perform research and teach students, while its colleges are responsible for domestic arrangements and student welfare. Durham University has 14,604 bachelor’s degree students and 4,509 master’s degree students. In 2017, the institution has the greatest graduate employment rate of any university in the United Kingdom. Durham University provides more than 200 undergraduate, postgraduate, and research degrees. Durham graduates have made major contributions in academics, business, journalism, government, the arts, law, athletics, science, and a variety of other fields. There are around 67 Durham alumni associations, ranging from worldwide to collegiate and sports-related groups, serving over 109,000 alumni. There are 17 British Academy fellows, 14 Academy of Social Sciences and Royal Society colleagues, two Royal Society of Arts and Medical Sciences members, and five Royal Society of Edinburgh fellows among the university’s current and emeritus graduates. Annual reunions, balls, and banquets help alumni stay involved with the university. The university is a member of the elite Russell Group of British research universities and is currently rated 82nd in the QS World Rankings 2022, placing it among the top 100 universities in the world. Durham was also given Gold Status by the Teaching Excellence Framework for regularly providing excellent teaching, learning, and results for students. Durham has 25 academic departments, 19 of which are among the top 100 in the country. Under the four faculties of Arts & Humanities, Business, Social Sciences, and Engineering & Science, the university offers over 200 undergraduate and 190 postgraduate programs. The business school is triple-accredited, and the MBA program is ranked second in the world for value for money by the Financial Times. Durham University produces world-class research in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, and it is home to 17,505 students from 156 countries, making it one of the most diverse academic communities in the world. The institution, which is located in the north-east of England, is built around a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Norman Castle and Cathedral from the 10th century. Durham offers scholarship recipients a distinctly English experience at a research-led Russell Group institution in a beautiful and historic city. Durham University is a collegiate university with 16 college communities that serve as the focal point of our students’ residential and social lives while they are enrolled.


All first-year students are expected to reside in college housing, and their college will be the place where they socialize and meet students and faculty from all levels, fields, and nations. Durham students benefit from the resources of a large, worldwide institution while living in a smaller, more intimate scholarly community. Colleges provide a high degree of personal support as well as a full program of student-led events and extra-curricular activities, in addition to comfortable lodging and a variety of on-site facilities. Durham University has a plethora of performing arts talent, with colleges and student groups offering a diverse spectrum of old and modern comedy, theatre, and music. The Durham Student Theatre Group, which includes DULOG, Durham Shakespeare Company, Castle Theatre Company, and other groups located at particular universities, provides a vibrant program that showcases performing talent while also developing backstage abilities. It’s difficult to get away from Durham’s musical scene since it’s so diverse and extensive. There is something for every musical taste here, from orchestras, bands, and choruses to gospel choirs, gamelan ensembles, African drumming, and chamber choirs.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  Durham University

Scholarship Country: United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth:  Fully Funded

Study Level: Masters

 Nationality: Southern African Students


Scholarship Offer: 

  • Payment of all tuition costs in full
  • Stipend for living expenses — 12 monthly installments, including one return flight from home to the UK and the cost of return transport between the UK airport and Durham City.
  • St Chad’s College provides fully paid lodging and meals.
  • On arrival, a’settling in allowance’ is provided.
  • A contribution towards the cost of obtaining a UK visa as well as the UK Health Surcharge
  • The Trust is unable to provide additional funding for dependants or travel during the Scholarship time.


Eligibility for Scholarship

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • hold a relevant honours degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to your chosen Master’s course (further conditions apply to the MBA programme), and not hold a Master’s degree or have previously studied at a university outside Southern Africa, and show evidence of active involvement in and commitment to volunteer work for causes such as rural or urban community development; young people or educational projects; charitable organizations; health or AIDs; and show evidence of active involvement in and commitment to volunteer work for causes such as rural or urban community development; health or If you have a paid position that requires you to work in these areas, you should demonstrate leadership and commitment beyond the job responsibilities.
  • The Trust wants to give the Scholarship to people who will not only have the academic and personal qualities to complete and benefit from a postgraduate course, but who will also act as positive ambassadors for their home countries in Durham, putting their newfound knowledge and skills to good use for the benefit of the African societies to which they will return.



The Durham University 2022 Ruth First Educational Trust Scholarships is open to only Southern African Students


Application Procedure

  • Please make sure to send both of the following documents by the deadline.
  • Make an application for a course.
  • By March 24, 2022, submit an academic application to Durham University for one of the qualified programs.
  • Applicant Portal at Durham University
  • Apply for a scholarship online.
  • By March 24, 2022, submit an online scholarship application form.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for Durham University 2022 Ruth First Educational Trust Scholarships for Southern African Students is March 24, 2022

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